The Denver Art Museum announced three significant donations, totaling $18 million, to its North Building revitalization project, which will include upgrading and expanding galleries to enhance visitor access. The Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation contributed $10 million and Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and Amanda J. Precourt each gifted $4 million to support the DAM’s estimated $150 million campaign.
The DAM’s North Building project was announced in December 2016 and aims to unify the museum’s campus and make key improvements to sustain its operations and relevance into the future. Designed by world-renowned Italian architect Gio Ponti and Denver-based James Sudler Associates, the North Building opened to the public in 1971. The building houses the majority of the DAM’s permanent collection galleries, and the contributions made by the Johnson Foundation, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and Amanda J. Precourt will help expand visitor access to galleries and provide space to highlight more of the DAM’s permanent collections.
“We are so grateful for these early and generous gifts to the campaign dedicated to supporting some of the museum’s most notable spaces and collections,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM. “These contributions have helped build the foundation of our campaign. They will not only allow us to upgrade current gallery spaces, but also create new spaces to showcase our collections as well as in-gallery opportunities for visitors to learn about and interact with more of our collections every day.”
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